Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Call for Spill Answers; Reef Campaigners Ask Where Corexit Was Used

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Call for Spill Answers; Reef Campaigners Ask Where Corexit Was Used

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Scott Sawyer

Reporter

Corexit wash-up:

Corexit 9527 and 9500A haven't met Australian Standards since 2011

Corexit 9527 met Australian Standards at time of Shen Neng 1 spill

AMSA has disposed of all Corexit 9527 stocks

3000 litres of Corexit 9500A currently stored in Gladstone's National Plan stockpile

AMSA say all 9500A stocks will be disposed of by end of 2013

National Plan-accepted Slickgone NS will be used for future spills in Gladstone

ENVIRONMENTAL activists have called for more government transparency, as concerns intensify over the use of toxic dispersant Corexit on oil spills in the Great Barrier Reef.

But the federal authority responsible for the chemical has hit back, saying existing stocks of Corexit are being "incinerated".

Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef campaign director Felicity Wishart called on state and federal governments to clarify the number of spills and locations where Corexit had been used. …

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